Long Term Listening - your ambient classics

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Brian B. recently posted in another thread:
"What's the music you've listened to with regularity over the long term?"
Which made me think this would be an excellent topic of its own.

So please post in here those electro-ambient (and related) albums you come
back to again and again, over years, or at least more than one season.
A list of personal classics, rather than recent finds.

I'll probably have to post again later - here's a few.

Saul Stokes - Zo Pilots ... I dearly love this album and have listened to it countless times.   I distinctly remember one winter where Heidi and I had to drive to Chicago for a birthday party and we were hit with a blizzard...  it took a couple hours longer than normal to get there, visibility wasn't any further than the front of the car, sometimes Heidi had to help me find the edge of the road (and yet there were still idiots trying to pass?  sheesh).   An amazingly stressful drive - and I just put Zo Pilots on repeat - it helped me remain focused on driving and calm.    I love this album.

Saul Stokes - Outfolding ... no stories for this one - but I spin it nearly as often as Zo Pilots.

Plastikman - Consumed ... more on the minimal techno side of things - but it feels "ambient" to me.  I like to describe this albums as making me feel like I'm driving late at night through a foggy forest with no other cars on the road.

Forma Tadre - Automate ... while his first album Navigator was more on par with industrial/ebm, Automate is a somewhat dark sci-fi film soundtrack sounding album that I love.

Eno/Budd - The Pearl ...  gorgeous - although I've only owned it a couple years now, this is the one I return to repeatedly.

Vidna Obmana - Surreal Sanctuary ... first half of the album.   I can listen to those first 4 tracks over and over and over and over.  Gorgeous, beautiful, melancholy.  The rest of the album isn't bad in any way - but there's just something utterly amazing about the first few tracks.

Jonathan Hughes - Trillium ... I can't count the number of times I've listened to this beautiful album and highly recommend it.


Edit:   Need to add:

Datacide - Flowerhead
David Sylvian

My musical tastes have (d)evolved form hard-hitting Berlin and glitch to interesting drones and some "ethno-tribal". Here's my personal classics:

- Makoto Kawabata, Inui 1-4
- K. Wiese/J. Cole, Plejades
- pretty much anything by Alio Die and his comrades
- Phil Niblock
- Robert Davies
- Holy Domain, Grassow/Wiese/Agthe
- Rapoon of the early "tribal" phase
- Jorge Reyes

Brian Bieniowski:
For my own part, I want to ignore things on my classics list from pre-2000, since I don't want to make a list of all the stuff we already know about and fete already (ie Dreamtime Return, Rubycon, etc.).

So, just off the top of my head, and much of this stuff is still unsung:

any of Kiln's albums
Scott Solter—One River
Much of the recent Alio Die material, especially the work with Zeit
Ashera's albums
the three Exuviae albums, especially Settling Density
Shuttle 358's stuff
Forrest's Gongland
Never Known—On the Edge of Forever
Susumu Yokota—Sakura
the work of Pub
Klaus Wiese—Soma
Sola Translatio
Saul Stokes—Fields
Tim Hecker
Markus Guentner
Jonathan Hughes's Trillium
Yagya's incredible Rhythm of Snow
Basinski's Disintegration Loops
Polmo Polpo—Like Hearts Swelling
Off the Sky—Cold Distances
The first Aglaia album
Jim Cole's Innertones

Gotta go look at my CD collection ...

Early listening (pre-Hypnos) that I still listen to quite often:

Eno - Neroli
Eno - On Land
Lustmord - The Place Where the Black Stars Hang
Harold Budd - everything until the bad poetry crept in
Jeff Greinke - In Another Place
Jeff Greinke - Timbral Planes
Robert Rich - Trances/Drones
Steve Roach - Structures From Silence
Steve Roach - Quiet Music (I still don't have a copy of the 2cd version of this)
Thomas Koner - Nonatak Gongamur
Koner - Permafrost
Koner - Aubrite
Klaus Schulze - various early works (for some reason, especially Dune, though I don't think it's one of his best)
O Yuki Conjugate - Equator
O Yuki Conjugate - Peyote
Paul Schutze - Apart
Robert Scott Thompson - Silent Shore
Vidna Obmana - Ending Mirage
Vidna Obmana - River of Appearance
Tangerine Dream - Phaedra
Tangerine Dream - Zeit
Zoviet France - Shouting at the Ground
Zoviet France - Shadow, Thief of the Sun
Zoviet France - What Is Not True (greatly underrated IMO)

I just realized these are very nearly in alpha order.  I must have been astrally projecting myself in front of my CD shelves when I typed this list!

I will make a more relevant, on-topic list of stuff from 95-96 or so to present.


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